Meeting Weight Loss Goals In Spite Of Stress

In this modern society, stress seems like something as common as eating. It is just a part of our everyday lives. This guide to reducing stress may help you lower stress levels and keep your weight loss goals on track. Your stress is sabotaging your plans and is possibly causing a multitude of health problems.

Why is stress bad for you?

Stress may seem to you like an emotion. It is just a passing feeling that comes when things are a bit overwhelming. This is not true. Stress is your body’s way of getting ready to fight or run away from an immediate threat. Your blood sugar levels increase, as does your heart rate. You are preparing for danger, but not getting rid of the excess of the hormone cortisol that accumulates when you are stressed out. Combating this is a matter of burning off the sugar, keeping your heart healthy and lowering stress levels.

there are simple things you can do to deal with stress

Tips for Lowering Stress Levels and Keeping the Body Healthy

1. Get refreshing sleep.

Sleeping when you are stressed out is tough. It is even tougher to get sleep that is refreshing. However, it is very important to feeling calm and energized. Try making sure that your bed and bedroom are very comfortable. Train yourself to sleep while in bed by removing televisions, books and laptops from your bedroom. Eventually, your better sleep habits will make you feel more rested and less stressed.

2. Leave the house when you exercise.

Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. It helps you produce endorphins to counter the effects of hormones your body releases when you are stressed out. Going outside to exercise gives you fresh air, sunshine and many more relaxing components that make your workout much more effective.

3. Unplug every now and then.

Constantly having to be prepared for a phone call, an email, a visit, an errand or an emergency is enough to make anyone crazy and it definitely stresses us out. Combat this by shutting off your phone, your computer, your tablet and anything else that keeps you connected to work, family and friends. Lock your door and do not answer it. Better yet, get out of the house.

4. Hang out with a friend.

Socializing is one of the most tried and true ways to unwind. Go out for a drink. Go walk with a friend. You can even just call a friend to unwind a little and let the load off. It is a good idea to do this regularly, so you are actively combating stress and nurturing relationships.

5. Share the burden.

Sharing the weight of your stressors may sound selfish, but that is not true. The very reason we have co-workers is so that the work can be distributed. Family members are there to support each other. Friends are there for you and you are there for them. When you cannot juggle everything and someone is available to help you out, allow him or her to do so. Take some of the pressure off so that you can be less stressed.

What it all boils down to is making yourself and your health a priority in your life. Remember that it is counterproductive to stress about things that will not matter when you compromise your health. Put your focus where it counts – be happier, healthier, and reach your goal weight.

Use these tips to get started and then start finding your own ways to integrate stress relief and exercise into your life. Be diligent and you will keep stress from sabotaging your health.

About the Author: Betsy is an experienced nutritionist with over 12 years in the industry. She is also part of Fitium, a unique online system which helps you reach your ideal weight the natural way.

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